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Tip Sheet for week of May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012

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A UW-Eau Claire student from Eau Claire will study at the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland for the 2012-13 academic year under the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Giselle Conde, a senior with a double major in geology and Spanish, will spend nine months in the capital city of Reykjavik working with geochemists at the research center. Conde has been doing research with Dr. Phil Ihinger, professor of geology, on volcanic glass, which will be used to characterize the trade routes that operated during the development of human civilization throughout the Near East during the last 6,000 years. Conde will study in Iceland from August through May 2013. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

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Furnishings and equipment from the soon-to-be deconstructed Davies Center will be available to the public for purchase during a surplus sale this week. The sale will run from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 30-June 1 in the first floor dining areas of Davies Center. Items will include chairs and tables, food service and audiovisual equipment, office and lounge furniture, cabinetry, computers and signage. For details, contact Chris Buckley at The sale comes as UW-Eau Claire says goodbye to its 53-year-old student center and prepares to open its new W.R. Davies Student Center. The old Davies Center will be closed to students and the public at the end of business hours May 25. The first floor will reopen for the surplus sale. Crews have begun demolition of the building's east entrance, north-northeast ramped entrance and canopy, and tunnel/breezeway leading to Schofield Hall.During the first three weeks in June, offices will be moved to the new building. Demolition of the old main structure will begin June 22. The new Davies Center will be opened to students and the public in late July.

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McIntyre Library will host "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" from May 29-July 2. A national traveling exhibition that chronicles the remarkable history of baseball's Negro leagues and the challenges and success of African-American baseball players, it is based on an exhibition on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Longtime mathematics and psychology professors are among those retiring this spring after more than 30 years of service to UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Walter M. Reid, professor emeritus of mathematics, will retire after 33 years of teaching. Dr. Allen Keniston, professor emeritus of psychology, will retire after 30 years of teaching. Reid's areas of interest include continued fractions and their applications to signal analysis. Reid has taught many mathematics courses on topics such as complex variables, advanced calculus, real analysis, linear and abstract algebra. He was considered a department expert on teaching its basic statistics course. An adviser to many mathematics students during his three-plus decades on campus, Reid also was a mentor to students involved in faculty-student research. Reid has been honored for his teaching and scholarly work. He also has served on university wide committees, including the University Senate. Keniston has taught a variety of psychology classes, including those relating to child and adolescent psychology, educational psychology, psychometrics, cognitive psychology, personality and social development, and middle school teacher as counselor. His research has focused on memory development, gender roles, moral and ethical development, and health and fitness. Keniston has won multiple teaching awards, including UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service-Learning awards. He was nominated for a UW System teaching award and was honored for his work with students with special needs.

Calendar Note

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, May 28, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Summer Session classes will resume and university offices will open again Tuesday, May 29.

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